Your ovulation phase is filled with naturally high energy levels, so it's a great time to maximize your productivity.
During this time, you tend to wake up ready to go (even if you slept an hour or two less), barely need caffeine, and experience natural feelings of motivation.
It's a great time of month to go all in on your goals, and today I'm sharing some tips on how to make the most of your ovulation phase morning routine.
Here are four healthy morning habits I love to practice during my ovulation phase, which you can use to win the day:
1. Get up a little bit earlier
I'm a 7-8 hour-a-night sleeper. Yet, in my ovulation phase I notice I get about 6-7 hours of sleep and am completely fine! I often wake up before my alarm (unlike the luteal phase where I just want to press snooze) and spring out of bed ready to start the day.
Estrogen peaks in your ovulation phase to help you ovulate. This rise makes you feel more energetic, which is something I love using to my advantage. Estrogen is very stimulating, and it makes sense that your energy would naturally feel higher here.
If you've noticed more energy in this phase and you've got a laundry list of to-dos, set your alarm a little earlier and get after it!
Before Dylan was born, I would get up at 6 am during this phase, whereas I'd usually get up around 6:30 at other times of the month. Now that I have a baby motivating my every step, I set my alarm for 5 am so I can get my workout in without interruption.
Try setting your alarm 30-60 minutes before your normal wake up time during your ovulation phase. You'll soon find you love having that extra time in the morning!
2. Sip matcha and set your intentions for the day
I love drinking matcha tea because it's very cleansing for the body and gives you a subtle energy lift. Unlike coffee, which can jolt your adrenal glands, matcha has this nice calming effect.
If you follow me on Instagram or have completed any of the Balanced Bombshells programs, you know I'm a huge matcha fan. It's a beautiful part to my morning routine and the ovulation phase is no exception (shop my fave matcha on Amazon here).
Because estrogen peaks, some women experience bloat (myself included). Your body could have a harder time metabolizing this hormone in excess, so I love using matcha because of its high antioxidant content. It has 10x the amount of antioxidants than regular green tea and can help your liver detox any hormones in excess that cause you problems (digestion and skin issues are a sign your body needs some gentle detoxing).
Your ovulation phase is also all about spreading the love, so before I start working out, I love to take a few minutes to sip my matcha latte while writing out my intentions for the day. Your feminine energy is so high here, so it's important to prioritize your mindset.
3. Challenge yourself with an endurance workout
Working out in the morning has many benefits for your health. It increases your energy, releases endorphins to boost your mood, and when you're so energetic from your ovulation phase, you can head out to see friends after work and not worry about missing a workout.
Your body is the most resilient to stress during your ovulation phase - again thanks to your rise in estrogen. Which means you can do a tough endurance workout and recover much quicker than if you did it before or during your period!
I like to cycle sync my endurance workouts to my ovulation phase so I can challenge my body and not feel depleted after.
My go-to for endurance workouts are long runs, hikes, or tougher HIIT workouts. If I get up early, I can head out for a longer run while Dylan and my husband sleep. Or I set myself up in the living room for a HIIT workout and shower before Dylan eats breakfast.
4. Refuel with a protein smoothie
Your body loves feeling fresh and light during your ovulation phase. Refuel after your workout with an energizing smoothie filled with raw fruit and vegetables!
My favorite is to make it into a smoothie bowl (the trick is to add less liquid so the consistency is thicker) and I've been loving it out of my new keepsake mug I just made on Shutterfly.
During my ovulation phase, I'll make a smoothie with:
one cup almond milk
one medium beet (for extra cleansing and natural energy)
1 tbsp. cacao powder
2 handfuls spinach
a dash of cinnamon
25 grams protein powder
2 tbsps. flax seeds because I'm always seed cycling.
To top off the bowl (because it's always about the toppings!), I save about 1/3 of the banana to slice over the top, add strawberries, and 1-2 tbsp. of peanut butter. I've been on a big peanut butter kick lately!
If you're a savory kind of morning person, you can make some eggs with lots of fresh veggies and a side of fruit!
Curious to see how to change up your morning routine by cycle phase? Check out your menstrual phase morning routine!
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